Batu Caves Temple at Gombak, Kuala Lumpur

One of the most popular day trip from Kuala Lumpur is to the limestone Batu Caves. It lies a short distance north of town and the main cave has to be accessed by climbing up 272 stairs. Hindu devotees perform annual pilgrimages during the festival of Thaipusam by putting on kavadis and climbing these steps to the temple inside the main cave.

In May 2008, when I visited Kuala Lumpur for an Exploration Seminar, I got a chance to see Batu Caves Hindu temple. I like to see and learn about temple since I always admired the way people worship their God.

Batu Caves is a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples, located in Gombak district, 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village.

The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia which attracts over 1.5 million pilgrims yearly, making it one of the largest annual gatherings anywhere in the world.Batu Caves was discovered over 100 years ago. It has grown to be an important devotional site for Hindus as well as a highly popular tourist attraction.

I climbed up the ladder to the main cave. To reach the entrance of the caves, I have to go up 272 steps.After the entrance, I could go down to the temple itself with idols of Hindu gods lining the cave walls on both side. The inner cave can be reach by climbing another short flight of stairs to see the opening of the cave beyond is the dark caves which you can go but guided.

The inner part of the cave on the top. There is a hollow on the top of the cave that we can see the sky.
A view to city of Kuala Lumpur in the late afternoon captured from the top of the cav

Hinduis people offered prayer in the temple.


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